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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2017;19(1):17-26.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15758/jkak.2017.19.1.17    Published online January 30, 2017.
Association of Physical Activity Stage and Intensity with Psychological Variables in Adolescent.
Hak-gweon Lee, Young-Ho Kim
Seoul National University of Science And Technology
Correspondence:  Young-Ho Kim,
Email: yk01@snut.ac.kr
Received: 5 January 2017   • Accepted: 21 January 2017
This study aims to identify the relevance of high school students’ self-esteem and depression, applying stages of physical activity and high/mid/low physical activity.
A total of 478 high school students (Male: 200 (41.8%); Female: 278 (58.2%); and Average age=17.6) participated in this study. Self-esteem questionnaire, depression questionnaire, stages of physical activity questionnaire and physical activity questionnaire were used.
The research results are as follows: First, there were significant differences in the stages of change, according to the students’ gender and grade. Second, their self-esteem constantly improved from the preparation stage to the maintenance stage as compared to the stage before planning according to the stages of change, and there was a significant difference in their depression, which decreased to the top stage. Third, during high/mid/low intensity exercises, it turned out that, except high-intensity one, mid-intensity and low-intensity exercises had significant impacts on their self-esteem and depression.
As a solution to mental health problems through high school students’ participation in physical activity, there should be the national authorities’ support and society’s interest, and this effort can be suggested as an effective measure for the development of adolescents’ whole-person education.
Keywords: self-esteem, depression, stages of change, high/mid/low intensity physical activity


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